SQUEEZE – Cradle To The Grave
aaamusic | On 08, Oct 2015
British band Squeeze became well known in the UK during the 70s new wave period and continued to produce successful recordings well into the 80s and 90s. Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook reunited in 2007 and reworked their classic hits in Spot The Difference in 2010.
Earthy and nostalgic Cradle To The Grave is their first new album since Domino in 1998. The title track featured in the TV comedy series of the same name based on Danny Baker‘s autobiography Going To Sea In A Sieve. It’s a lively song with a vintage skiffle beat, ukulele, and upbeat backing vocals.
Disco shuffle ‘Nirvana’ looks at children leaving home and parents who are unsure about how to spend their new found freedom, whilst jazzy ‘Happy Days’ is breezy with a country flavour.
Teenage reminiscences in ‘Only 15’ include embarrassing fumblings at a party and ‘Sunny’ sounds like a Beatles influenced string arrangement about the passing of time as a person experiences freedoms, children and maturity. The observant ‘Everything’ tells of disillusionment and optimistic Snap, Crackle and Pop’ concludes this melodic album.
There’s still a fine chemistry and much attention to detail in the numbers written by this much loved South London band famous for hits like ‘Cool For Cats’. They create sing along songs with great energy and lyrics that are warm and witty.